Is it lyrics above musical sound? It's about emotion. If I can do it through lyrics, sobeit. If it's musical sound, all the better. I want to move you. I strive to move me. If I can do that, perchance I can move you.
Candle ingredients above package marketing? The ingredients must be there, but there is a marketing element to it. I can create for myself, but I want to move others. I want and need to connect. I'll do things to connect with others, as long as I'm not violating my principles.
Car engineering above features? The engineering matters, but good features, not just random features, matter.
There was an article in Car and Driver magazine many years ago about a car designer. He was really an engineer. He'd perfected a design for a sports car, and it was ugly. For instance, he'd used a perfectly flat windshield (windscreen). While wonderful engineering-wise, it was ugly. Once he put the less-than-perfect curve into it, making it slightly less efficient, it became beautiful.
In the end, if it isn't beautiful, no one will care, perhaps not even you.
Image subject above image quality? There are times I'll accept an imperfect image as the subject is so important. Jay Maisel took a photo of Marilyn Monroe that was blurry, out of focus. It's an iconic image today.
Image quality above image story? I'm a story teller. I want to bring you into the story I've created. Sometimes "story" is vignette. If I can do that, I'm happy. As above, if it's a choice between using a less-than-perfect image that is needed to tell a story, I'll use it. Story is everything.
What's the philosophy you notice that you adhere to? I create photos to celebrate life. It's a deliberate philosophy. I'm a fashion photographer, hobbyist today, aiming to be pro tomorrow. Here's my guiding concept:
Fashion isn't limited to the studio or the street.
It isn't limited to the perfect time of day.
It happens everywhere.
It happens anytime.
Look around you.
You see fashion.
Fashion is everywhere.
Fashion happens now.®
do you stress through bad work flow for a greater final image? I'll do what I need to do to create a photo I'm happy to say is mine.
Do you stop improving your work when you've met the customers expectations? My photos must meet my standards. I won't send a bad photo "into the wild".
Is this a job or a passion? It's all about passion. I'm a mathematician/engineer by trade. I *could* do all of the physics of optics, et al, for my photography, but my photography is art. I write algorithms and develop code during the day. While there is an artistic element to it, it's quite fussy. I enjoy it, but it's ultimately a job. My photography is about passion. In college I took art history electives, and I've found art is very important to me. Should I go pro with my photography, I will do what I need to do to create an enduring business. There will be "job" elements to this. Fine. I'll do it anyway. If I can make photos that move people, that's what matters.
There you go. I hope this helps!